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Archive for April, 2010

Cities and counties across Florida continue to take steps to help dogs abandoned at the end of a chain.
This week new tethering restrictions go into effect in Collier County. Beginning May 1, it will no longer be legal to tether or chain a dog outdoors alone in Collier County (tethering is allowed if a guardian […]

Students rap for whales

Students from Leesburg High School have created a song called “Free Dem Whalez” about whales and dolphins in captivity. Click here to view the YouTube video. We love the refrain, “Free dem whalez, in the open sea, that’s where they should be, then they’ll be happy.”
Student D’Mauri Jones explained the goal of the song, “My […]

Tethering/chaining. Last night, the Escambia County Commission voted unanimously to give final approval to an ordinance that restricts the chaining/tethering of dogs. The ordinance makes it unlawful to tether a dog outdoors unless a guardian is outside along with the dog (dogs under 6 months of age can never be chained outdoors).
Please send a quick thank […]

Last month we told you about Vanishing Species Wildlife, a South Florida animal exhibitor that may have the worst record of animal neglect in Florida. Considering this company’s horrible history (click here to read the details), you can imagine our surprise when we learned that Vanishing Species had been invited to put on “live animal […]

Update: Senate Bill 640

S640 (see below post) was approved by the Committee on General Government Appropriations this morning. It may now be heard by the Policy & Steering Committee on Ways and Means tomorrow afternoon.
Please contact the committee chair and urge him not to support this tax break for the cruel dog racing industry.
Senator JD Alexander, Chair, Policy […]

Today, the Florida Senate approved an agreement that will legalize slot machines, and black jack and other card games, at Seminole casinos. In return, the State of Florida will receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the Seminole Tribe. Also, under the agreement, dog tracks and other pari-mutuels in Broward and Miami-Dade counties will receive […]

Last Saturday, Mary & Albert Zentz, commercial dog breeders in the small city of Hurdland, in northern Missouri, auctioned off their business of 25 years. At auction was a trailer used to transport dogs, dozens of wire cages and wooden pens, and 133 dogs between the ages of 6 months and 10 years. Many of […]

“Dumbo,” the elephant who killed a circus worker Friday evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, gave rides and performed in daily shows at this year’s Osceola County Fair (February 12-21) in Kissimmee, the Central Florida Fair (February 25-March 7) in Orlando and at the Sarasota County Fair (March 19-28).
According to The Times Leader newspaper, the elephant stomped […]

Birds rescued, set free

Painted buntings are among the most beautiful birds in Florida. In our opinion, they are even more beautiful in flight. Fortunately– at least for buntings and other migratory birds visiting Florida– caging them is a crime.
This week the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued a news release about the recent arrests of four men […]

What not to do when you see a snake: On Wednesday afternoon, Robert Tyler was driving through Merritt Island when he spotted a diamondback rattlesnake. In an interview with Florida Today he described the snake as “a huge, beautiful diamondback.” Unfortunately, the snake’s beauty didn’t prevent Mr. Tyler from stopping his vehicle, grabbing the snake […]

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